Three community groups across Aberdeen have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust (AFCCT), Cummings Park Community Flat Volunteers and Disabled Persons Housing Service Aberdeen have all received the prestigious accolade.
There were 250 winners of the award unveiled at a special ceremony.
AFCCT provides support and opportunities to people of all ages, encouraging everyone to get into sport.
Cummings Park Community Flat Volunteers aim to support residents living locally, to help them feel less isolated and more engaged so they feel a valued part of the community.
Disabled Persons Housing Service Aberdeen was also the recipient of an award, with the group supporting disabled people to make their own decisions on housing options, and what would work best for them.
The honour was created by the Queen to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
Donna Sim, development worker for Cummings Park Community Flat, said: “We are so happy, we are so chuffed.
“We’re not a big organisation, we’re very small but the impact is huge.
“We are very proud.”
The Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “Well done to the Aberdeen recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is testament to the dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work of everyone involved.
“We are very fortunate in Aberdeen to have so many individuals who give up their own time for the benefit of others. They should be very proud of themselves.”
Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said: “Everyone who has received this award should be incredibly proud.
“Their service, commitment and care has a profoundly positive impact on communities throughout the country and I am delighted they have been recognised with this prestigious award.
“The record number of recipients this year is testament to the strength of the voluntary sector and I am sure this trend will continue into the future.
“If you know any organisations that deserve to be recognised, make your voice heard and nominate them for next year.”
Applications for next year’s awards close on September 14.